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19th February 2018

  • If you’re a regular business traveller to London, keep a list of the items you always need to take with you. You can refer to it easily before you travel, meaning your preparations should take less time.
  • Check the weather forecast in London before you leave home. If you’re coming from outside of the UK, this is your chance to pick up the British trait of constantly monitoring the weather! But you’ll appreciate having packed an umbrella if rain looks inevitable.
  • If you’re flying into London, try to fly with hand luggage only, or at least keep all your essentials in your hand baggage. This helps to avoid stress and embarrassment if you don’t have the clothing or paperwork you need for important meetings, should the rest of your luggage become delayed.
  • Stay in a central location in the city. London is huge and you don’t want to waste time every day travelling from the suburbs to your appointments.
  • If you’ll be going to a number of different meetings while visiting London, make yourself aware of the travel times between different parts of the city. Whether you’re getting around by public transport (recommended) or car, journey times in the city can vary. Consult the Transport for London website to build in adequate travel time between meetings. If you enjoy cycling and are used to navigating city roads, bicycles can be easily hired from hundreds of city cycling docking stations.
  • Business travellers to London often have jam-packed days, but find themselves at a loose end in the evenings. If you want to make the most of being in the city, look up networking events in London on Eventbrite, Meetup or via the many co-working spaces in the city.
  • Regular business travellers tend to find their eating habits and exercise regimes go downhill when travelling, so try to stay somewhere that will help you stay healthy. At The Athenaeum, we have a 24/7 gym, a range of menu items for the health conscious and Green Park across the road, for those who enjoy jogging or fresh air.
  • Consider your connectivity needs ahead of travelling. Choose a hotel that has good Wi-Fi and look up places you can work in between meetings if you’ll be out and about in London during the day. It might be worth hiring a desk at a co-working space if you want access to other office facilities too, such as printers and private phone booths for important calls.

Choose a hotel that is suitable for hosting meetings, so you don’t always have to travel to your business contacts. The Athenaeum has meeting rooms available to hire, a lobby café, bar and Galvin at The Athenaeum by Michelin-star chefs – ideal for impressing your business contacts at a business lunch or dinner. The Athenaeum’s Residences also have living rooms and entertaining spaces – perfect for entertaining small groups of business guests.

If you can’t roam free of charge in the UK on your mobile phone, download a map app onto your phone that doesn’t require the use of mobile data, such as Galileo. It’ll give you some extra peace of mind that you’ll be able to get from A to B easily.

St James meeting room

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